NYC in 4 days – Part 2

NYC in 4 days – Part 2

I'd definitely say that the 'Tripomatic' app was extremely helpful in giving me suggestions of places that I hadn't thought about. It can be accessed offline, giving both the location of the place, the cost and opening times. I'd highly recommend using this app to log upcoming trips and planning itineraries. I'm going to continue sharing the details of my trip to NYC. Check out my previous Part 1 and 8 free things to do in NYC. 1/ The Halal Guys This is by far the BEST street food I had in NYC - i'll go as far as to say it was the BEST food I had in NYC overall. NYC is saturated with street trucks selling all sorts of food on the go. There are not many halal restaurants in NYC, however I'm now going to stay that Halal Guys is the best halal restaurant/ street food in NYC. They have about three things on their menu, of which they specialise in...
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8 things to do for free in NYC!

8 things to do for free in NYC!

I've just come back from a few days spent in New York City! Super exciting, I know! It was my first time in the United States of America, and what better place to break the American ice, but to visit NYC. I will subsequently be publishing a few posts detailing various places that I visited and food that I would highly recommend. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of places to go and things to see that are completely FREE - aka, ZERO pounds, pence, dollars, cents... Read on to undercover the gems of NYC! 1. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens - free all day Tuesdays Highly recommend! 5* - absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. A perfect place to get away from the buzz of Manhattan. Also, free WiFi throughout the park - a mega-bonus. 2. New York Botanic Garden - free all day Wednesdays 3. NYC Aquarium - free after 3pm on Fridays 4. Staten Island Ferry  This journey is about 25 minutes and is a beautiful alternative to...
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I am at Old Montreal and the Old Port

I am at Old Montreal and the Old Port

When speaking to anyone from Montreal, they are quick to ask if I've visited Old Montreal (vieux-Montreal). I was told that it has a very European feel and is a pretty place to visit. It has been on my to-go list for a long time, and so I finally managed to check it out! It is located downtown, and very easy to access via a number of Metro stations. Once getting to the Old Montreal area, I completely understood where the parallels of a 'European' city originated from. The cobble-lined streets, small cafes outside and red-brick buildings definitely reminded me of my trips to Italy, France and Spain. It felt like a city a distance away from Montreal. I also walked across to the Old Port and admired the view of the city from ground level. It really was a glorious day (*British person talks about the weather again*) and an amazing day to explore the Old Port. There is also a...
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How to get a $1 Megabus ticket

How to get a $1 Megabus ticket

We've heard it all before - $1 tickets to travel with Megabus! Attractive as it sounds, how many people do you know who have actually booked a journey at this near-to-nothing price? Until this point, it was probably none! Somehow, I managed to bag myself a $1 Megabus ticket!  I have used Megabus to travel from Montreal to Toronto. It was a very pleasant journey (well, if 6 hours sitting in a upright seat is your kind of thing). Surprisingly, the time flew and although we travelled mostly via motorway, there were some beautiful sights that I managed to appreciate along the way. I'm that person that plans everything ADVANCE, I'm that person that you can count on to have chewing gum or a packet of tissues. A few weeks ago, as I was thinking of what I wanted to do when I next visited Toronto, I thought to re-visit Niagara Falls. The last time I had visited Niagara Falls was in 2007,...
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Breathtaking skyline from Mont-Royal!

Breathtaking skyline from Mont-Royal!

Possibly THE most popular tourist attraction in Montreal is the view of Montreal city in all its glory from the observatory at the top of Mont-Royal. Funnily enough, I stumbled across this view! Although it was on my 'to-visit' list, I hadn't envisioned visiting it that day. As I was casually walking around downtown, I came across the park and found myself following the steps up to the top! I had walked from McGill university towards what appeared like the back entrance of the park. The further I walked, the quieter the city became, and the more distant the hustle and bustle of city life felt. It was as if I was all of a sudden in the country, a less urban area. This is amazing in itself, considering Mont-Royal is located in the heart of Montreal's island. As I approached the trail of stairs steeply spiralling upwards, I came across MANY runners pacing up and down the stairs. Kudos to them,...
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